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  • ‘Lincoln’ director Spielberg speaks in Gettysburg

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg expressed a sense of humility Monday as he delivered the keynote address during ceremonies to mark the 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”
    “I’ve never stood anyplace on earth where it’s easier to be humbled than here,” said Spielberg, whose biopic about the 16th president is currently in theaters.
    His remarks were made at the annual event at the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, near the site where Lincoln gave the famous oration amid the American Civil War in 1863, four months after the battle in which the Union turned back an invasion of the North by Confederate troops under Gen. Robert E. Lee.
    After spending seven years working his new movie “Lincoln,” Spielberg said the president came to feel like one of his oldest and dearest friends, and he sensed he was living in the presence of what he called Lincoln’s “eloquent ghost.”
    “Lincoln wanted us to understand that equality was a small ‘D’ democratic essential,” Spielberg said, describing Lincoln’s three-minute speech as “his best and truest voice” and the single “most perfect prose poem ever penned by an American.”

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 23-29

    Friday, November 23, 2012
    Happy Thanksgiving –
    No local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, November 24, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, November 25, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, November 26, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon
        Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical
        Society- “A Brief History of
        Wendover Airfield”
    08:30 PM Atomic City’s Got Talent
    10:00 PM Classic Movie –
        “Chamber of Horrors”

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 16-22

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, November 16, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (11-13-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, November 17, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, November 18, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, November 19, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society

  • A spine-tingling good tale is told

    Around Halloween, a mysterious black-clad woman appeared in Los Alamos. She said nothing. Instead, she walked around, eyes staring blankly ahead — and was spotted at Trick or Treat on MainStreet and the annual Los Alamos County employee appreciation event.
    Many wondered if she was dressed up for Halloween, but it was not hard to figure out that she was dressed almost identical to the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s scarecrow, announcing their latest production, “The Woman in Black.”
    To say “The Woman in Black” is a scare-fest would not be accurate. To say it’s creepy, dark and a bit unnerving is far more accurate.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production opened Nov. 2, the day after the Day of the Dead, which seems to be rather fitting, considering that the play focuses on the supernatural and one man’s quest to rid himself of the evil that follows him.
    Arthur Kipps (Warren Houghteling) has hired an actor (Patrick Webb), to help him retell his experiences with The Woman in Black. He has been called upon to settle the estate of Mrs. Drablow.
    Along the way, he encounters various characters that seem squeamish whenever Drablow or the estate is mentioned.

  • ‘True Brit’ is finalist for book awards

    The internationally-recognized, award-winning book, “True Brit — Beatrice, 1940,” written by Santa Fe author Rosemary Zibart and illustrated by Santa Fe artist George Lawrence, has been named a finalist in two categories of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.
    “True Brit” is a finalist in the Young Adult and Historical Fiction categories. The book has previously received a Gold Award for Historical Fiction from Mom’s Choice Awards and was a finalist in the 2011 London Book Awards.
    In “True Brit,” a spoiled English girl, Beatrice Sims, comes to Santa Fe to live with practical, hard-working nurse Clementine Pope.
    At first, the 12-year-old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being “faceta” — stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires, ride wild ponies and helps Clem rescue a sick baby on an Indian pueblo.
    The inspiration for the story came 15 years ago when Zibart was reading the New Mexican newspaper. She noticed in the “50 Years Ago Today” column, a snippet of news about four English girls arriving in Santa Fe.

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 2-8

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, November 2, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (10-30-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Geology of the Rio Grande”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, November 3, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, November 4, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, November 5, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM League of Women Voters Candidate Forum  10-11-12
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Death becomes her

    Oct.  31 may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean Halloween has to end.
    Los Alamos Little Theatre brings the spooky and macabre to the stage with their production of “The Woman in Black,” directed by Laurie Tomlinson and starring Patrick Webb and Warren Houghteling.
    The plot follows Arthur Kipps, who is trying to “perform a story and hires an actor to help him. They attempt a performance about when Kipps went to help settle the estate of the late Mrs. Drablow. When Kipps attends the funeral, he first encounters the woman in black. He inquires about the woman at the funeral, only to find out there was no woman there.
    “Kipps begins to sort through some papers and again encounters the woman in black at a cemetery. He soon begins to realize the possibility that this woman is an unsettled spirit. He becomes very aware that what he is seeing is s ghost,” according to the LALT newsletter.
    Tomlinson, who has directed the last three musicals for Los Alamos Light Opera, and has been involved with LALT since 1984, said she decided to direct “The Woman in Black” because the movie with Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) came out last spring. This also happens to be the first non-musical that she has directed.

  • LACW wins award

    The Los Alamos Community Winds, a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community, was recently awarded second place in The American Prize Competition.
    The group is comprises both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees.
    They perform four to five formal concerts each season with repertoire ranging from orchestral transcriptions to original band works, marches, film music and Broadway.
    They also perform at civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.
    The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Conn., The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.
    The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.

  • PEEC and Reel Deal team up

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 to show a new PBS documentary about the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “Valles Caldera: The Science” tells about scientific research currently being conducted on the Preserve. A question and answer session with the director and scientists involved with the film will be after the showing. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children at the door.
    “Valles Caldera: The Science” is the first in a planned three-part documentary for PBS. “Valles Caldera: The History and The Future” are still in development stage.  “The Science” explores the scientific research currently being conducted in the VCNP.  
    It covers three main topics: geologic history, current research and fire impacts. LANL scientists assisted with creating 3-D animations of eruptions to show the geologic forces that formed the Caldera and surrounding structures, and many Valle staff assisted with the filming process.
    During filming, the Las Conchas fire burned about 30 percent of the VCNP.  This event added a few new dimensions to the film, allowing the crew to obtain incredible comparative images and data from before and after fire.

  • LACA kicks off season Nov. 3 at Duane Smith

    The Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season with the trio David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer.
    London’s Musical Opinion said of Finckel and Han’s Wigmore Hall debut: “They enthralled both myself and the audience with performances whose idiomatic command, technical mastery and unsullied integrity of vision made me think right back to the days of Schnabel and Fournier, Solomon and Piatigorsky.”
    Beyond the duo’s recital activities, Finckel also serves as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet.
    Finckel and Han have achieved universal renown for their commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives.
    Violinist Setzer is a founding member (recently retired) of the Emerson String Quartet, which has received nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards and the Avery Fisher Prize.
    He has performed cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals, from New York to Vienna.  
     In 1976, Setzer won a bronze medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels.